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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Last Days

22 hours ago | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

In honor of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final film, A Most Wanted Man, hitting theaters today, we are reprinting David Browne's cover story on the actor's final days from our February 27th issue. 

Slouched in the front row of the labyrinth Theater Company's performance space in New York's West Village last May, Philip Seymour Hoffman was his typical focused, superdisciplined self. In the intimate 90-seat theater, Hoffman – always dressed in one or another of his seemingly interchangeable baggy pants and sweaters – was relentlessly pushing the cast and crew of the play he was directing, »

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Casting: Meryl Streep Reportedly Reteaming With Mike Nichols For Maria Callas Biopic & More

19 June 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

While Hollywood has tried for years to mount a Maria Callas biopic (we haven't heard much about Niki Caro's developing movie for a while now), it's not like it hasn't been done. Over a decade ago, Fanny Ardant toplined Franco Zeffirelli's "Callas Forever," and now Meryl Streep — who will be showing off her pipes later this year in "Into The Woods" — is giving it a go. The actress is reportedly reteaming with Mike Nichols (“Silkwood,” “Heartburn,” “Postcards From the Edge,” “Angels in America”) for an adaptation of the Broadway play "Master Class." Told from the perspective of Callas, it frankly covers "her storied career and personal life, which included being dumped by Aristotle Onassis for Jacqueline Kennedy." The project is set up at HBO, and it would mark Nichols' first film since 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War," but it's not clear when shooting will begin. And will also curious »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Casting: Meryl Streep Reportedly Reteaming With Mike Nichols For Maria Callas Biopic & More

19 June 2014 7:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While Hollywood has tried for years to mount a Maria Callas biopic (we haven't heard much about Niki Caro's developing movie for a while now), it's not like it hasn't been done. Over a decade ago, Fanny Ardant toplined Franco Zeffirelli's "Callas Forever," and now Meryl Streep — who will be showing off her pipes later this year in "Into The Woods" — is giving it a go. The actress is reportedly reteaming with Mike Nichols (“Silkwood,” “Heartburn,” “Postcards From the Edge,” “Angels in America”) for an adaptation of the Broadway play "Master Class." Told from the perspective of Callas, it frankly covers "her storied career and personal life, which included being dumped by Aristotle Onassis for Jacqueline Kennedy." The project is set up at HBO, and it would mark Nichols' first film since 2007's "Charlie Wilson's War," but it's not clear when shooting will begin. And will also curious »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Watch: Philip Seymour Hoffman Reflects on Life in This Revealing PBS Short

3 June 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Too much of a good thing can be dangerous. The tragic life of Philip Seymour Hoffman exampled this to T. Tortured by susceptibility for self-doubt, the incredibly talented star of films such as "Capote," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Synecdoche, New York," suffered throughout his life, trying wholeheartedly to find his own path to happiness. In a newly released PBS short, Hoffman is heard opening up about how sadly nothing was ever enough. Check it out below. Taken from a 2012 conversation with Simon Critchley at The Rubin Museum of Art, and developed as a part of the Blank on Blank series, the reused audio utilized discusses his family life and tendency to "kill pleasure," making himself "sick"” through indulgence. Hoffman expresses throughout a supreme wisdom and consciousness, revealing the tested questions of his mind with total clarity, "Was I happy? Or was I just not aware?" His responses are all honest and intricate, »

- Oliver MacMahon & Melina Gils

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Danny Boyle May Direct Leonardo DiCaprio in Aaron Sorkin's 'Steve Jobs' Movie

21 April 2014 6:12 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Recently David Fincher dropped out of the running to direct a movie about Steve Jobs, written by his Social Network pal Aaron Sorkin, who adapted it from Walter Isaacson's popular biography on the Apple cofounder. Now The Hollywood Reporter tells us Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is in talks to direct, and he wants to reunite with his The Beach star Leonardo DiCaprio, who would take on the role of Steve Jobs. Aaron Sorkin is one of the best known names in the screenwriting business, and for a very simple reason: he's damned good at it. The man simply does not have a bad screenplay to his name. Quite the opposite, in fact. Between A Few Good Men, The American President, Charlie Wilson's War, Malice, Moneyball and The Social Network, Sorkin has one of the best...

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We introduce the new show 'Ask Drew' and we need your help to make it work

31 March 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »

- Drew McWeeny

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: Academy pays tribute at 2014 Oscars

2 March 2014 7:57 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Oscar-winning actor who died in February remembered by film industry at Academy Awards ceremony

• Xan Brooks liveblogs the ceremony

• Full list of winners as they're announced

The Oscars paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning actor who died last year – devoting part of its traditional In Memoriam section to the actor whose death at the age of 46 shocked the film world.

Hoffman won the best actor award for his performance as Truman Capote in the 2005 biopic of the celebrated writer, and had three best supporting actor nominations for Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt and The Master. He was one of the most widely praised actors of his generation, creating startling performances for some of America's most acclaimed directors, including Todd Solondz (Happiness), Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, Magnolia, The Master) and the Coen brothers (The Big Lebowski). He also shone in Anthony Minghella's The Talented Mr Ripley and George Clooney »

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Amy Adams pays emotional tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

21 February 2014 4:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The American Hustle actor remembers her time with Hoffman on the film Doubt, during an episode of Us show Inside the Actors Studio

Amy Adams has paid tribute to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman during an emotional episode of Us TV show Inside the Actors Studio, calling him "a beautiful spirit".

As soon as presenter James Lipton mentioned the film Doubt, which Adams starred in with Hoffman and Meryl Streep, she became visibly upset and frequently paused to gather herself. "I wish you all could get a chance to work with him," she said. "He was beautiful, he's a beautiful spirit, and he had this unique ability to see people, to really see them – not look through them. And he will be missed. I just really loved him, and I know so many people did."

Of her experience on Doubt with Hoffman and Streep, she spoke of their "work ethic »

- Ben Beaumont-Thomas

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Amy Adams Tears Up While Remembering Philip Seymour Hoffman

20 February 2014 12:30 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Amy Adams broke down in tears while remembering the late Philip Seymour Hoffman during an appearance on Inside the Actors Studio on Wednesday. After collecting herself, Amy said to host James Lipton, "He was beautiful. He's a beautiful spirit and he had this unique ability to see people, to really see them - not look through them. He just really saw people. And he will be missed." Amy and Philip have worked together on three films: 2007's Charlie Wilson's War, 2008's Doubt, and 2012's The Master. The actress joined Cate Blanchett, Michelle Williams, and Meryl Streep for Philip's private funeral in NYC earlier this month. Source: Getty »

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Watch Amy Adams's Tearful Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman (Video)

20 February 2014 12:00 PM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Academy Award nominee Amy Adams recently stopped by "Inside the Actors Studio" to discuss her filmography with host James Lipton. But it was mention of Adams's Oscar-winning former co-star, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was in the spotlight during the segment as the pair talked about their mutual love for the dearly-departed actor.

Adams immediately began to tear up when Lipton brought up the actress's Oscar-nominated role in 2008's "Doubt," which co-starred Hoffman. She attempted to compose herself as she explained what it was like working with Hoffman -- with whom she also starred in "Charlie Wilson's War" and "The Master" -- and praised his "generosity of spirit" and the "transformative" impact it had on her acting.

"He was beautiful," Adams said. "He's a beautiful spirit and he had this unique ability to see people, to really see them -- not look through them -- he just really saw people. »

- Katie Roberts

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Amy Adams Breaks Down While Discussing Philip Seymour Hoffman

20 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Amy Adams tearfully paid tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman during a taping of Inside the Actors Studio earlier this month, honoring her frequent costar as "a beautiful spirit" both on- and offscreen. "I just really loved him, and I know so many people did," the Oscar-nominated actress declared through broken sobs. "I just don't know how much more I can talk about it right now, sorry." Adams, 39, spoke to host James Lipton about Hoffman in front of a live audience on Feb. 5, just three days after Hoffman's shocking death from an apparent overdose, and two days before she attended his »

- Kathy Ehrich Dowd

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Watch: Amy Adams Offers an Emotional Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman on 'Inside the Actors Studio'

20 February 2014 10:53 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Nearly three weeks after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it's still difficult to grasp that we're living in a world where he's no longer able to grace the screen with his presence. His filmography is so wide, his impact so lasting that it's difficult to name a performer in recent memory with a comparable track record. Hoffman's friends and fellow artists certainly think so: not long after his "The Talented Mr. Ripley" co-star Cate Blanchett dedicated her BAFTA win to Hoffman, his friend and frequent collaborator Amy Adams has paid tribute to the late actor on her appearance this week on "Inside the Actors Studio," taped three days after Hoffman's passing. Adams had worked alongside Hoffman three times, in "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt," and "The Master," and was slated to co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Hoffman's sophomore directorial effort, "Ezekiel Moss." In the clip from "Inside the Actors Studio" below, »

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Watch: Amy Adams Offers an Emotional Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman on 'Inside the Actors Studio'

20 February 2014 10:53 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nearly three weeks after the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, it's still difficult to grasp that we're living in a world where he's no longer able to grace the screen with his presence. His filmography is so wide, his impact so lasting that it's difficult to name a performer in recent memory with a comparable track record. Hoffman's friends and fellow artists certainly think so: not long after his "The Talented Mr. Ripley" co-star Cate Blanchett dedicated her BAFTA win to Hoffman, his friend and frequent collaborator Amy Adams has paid tribute to the late actor on her appearance this week on "Inside the Actors Studio," taped three days after Hoffman's passing. Adams had worked alongside Hoffman three times, in "Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt," and "The Master," and was slated to co-star with Jake Gyllenhaal in Hoffman's sophomore directorial effort, "Ezekiel Moss." In the clip from "Inside the Actors Studio" below, »

- Max O'Connell

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Watch: Amy Adams' Tearful Tribute To Philip Seymour Hoffman On ‘Inside the Actors Studio’

20 February 2014 9:24 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We're coming up on three weeks since we learned about the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the loss of his tremendous talent still stings cinephiles the world over. But of course, the weight of his loss is more deeply felt to those who were close to him, and there were few actors who were lucky enough to work him on the level that Amy Adams did. She starred in three films with Hoffman—"Charlie Wilson's War," "Doubt" and "The Master"—and was slated to feature in his next directorial effort "Ezekiel Moss" before he passed away. And clearly, that time with him was special. Earlier this month—three days after this death—Adams dropped by "Inside The Actor's Studio" to record an episode with James Lipton. Naturally, any discussion of her work involves her films with Hoffman, and Adams paid a lovely, tearful tribute to her friend. "He was beautiful, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Amy Adams and Cate Blanchett Pay Tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman

20 February 2014 8:20 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As Philip Seymour Hoffman's death is still being mourned by his fans and the acting community, two of his fellow thespians recently honored his life and work.  During her acceptance speech for Best Actress at the BAFTA's last week, Cate Blanchett dedicated the award to Hoffman, saying "Your monumental talent, your generosity, and your unflinching quest for truth not only in art, but in life will be missed not only be me, but by so many people." Amy Adams also remembered Hoffman in an emotional interview with James Lipton on Inside the Actor's Studio.  Adams and Hoffman worked together on Charlie Wilson's War, Doubt, and The Master, the latter two earning them both Oscar nominations.  The interview was recorded only a few days after Hoffman's death, and it's incredibly moving to watch Adams talk through her tears about her co-star.  You can watch both videos after the jump. Via The Film Stage. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Details of Philip Seymour Hoffman's will released

20 February 2014 4:14 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Actor, who died earlier this month aged 46, leaves bulk of estate to partner and their three young children

The actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died suddenly this month of a suspected drug overdose, left the bulk of his estate to his long-term companion, Marianne O'Donnell, according to a will filed in a New York court on Wednesday. Hoffman, 46, who won a best actor Oscar for his role in the 2005 biopic Capote, was considered to be one of the finest stage and screen actors of his generation.

O'Donnell, known as Mimi, is the mother of the couple's three young children, Cooper, Tallulah and Willa. She was also named executor of the estate.

The exact value of Hoffman's estate is not known. Papers filed with the will value Hoffman's estate simply at "$500,000-plus".

The will was signed in 2004, when only the eldest of Hoffman's three children had been born, with a trust fund set up for Cooper, »

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Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Saved 10 Lives, Says Aaron Sorkin

6 February 2014 1:45 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Aaron Sorkin believes that through Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death, the late actor has saved the lives of 10 drug addicts. In a new essay for Time, Sorkin recalls his friend's now chilling words during a break from rehearsing Charlie Wilson's War, the 2007 drama starring Hoffman and written by Sorkin. The two had bonded over their shared struggles: The West Wing creator abused cocaine in the '90s, and Hoffman battled heroin addiction throughout his life. "I told him I felt lucky because I'm squeamish and can't handle needles. He told me to stay squeamish," Sorkin, 52, writes. "And he said »

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Aaron Sorkin's tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman: Maybe his death will scare someone clean

6 February 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Aaron Sorkin, the man behind current HBO drama "The Newsroom" and former NBC Emmy-winning show "The West Wing," has penned a moving and thought-provoking tribute to his late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.

The two men worked together on "Charlie Wilson's War" and "Moneyball," and in an essay for  Time, Sorkin recalls how they, as fellow fathers of young children and also recovering drug addicts, would swap war stories on set.

"It's not unusual to have these mini-aa meetings -- people like us are the only ones to whom tales of insanity don't sound insane. 'Yeah, I used to do that.' I told him I felt lucky because I'm squeamish and can't handle needles," writes Sorkin, who has been open about his cocaine addiction but clean and sober for several years. "He told me to stay squeamish. And he said this: 'If one of us dies of an overdose, probably »

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Aaron Sorkin: 'Philip Seymour Hoffman thought his death could save others'

5 February 2014 8:09 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Aaron Sorkin has revealed that he and Philip Seymour Hoffman discussed their drug addictions together.

The West Wing creator said that the pair would share stories about their struggles during rehearsal breaks for Charlie Wilson's War.

In a write-up for Time magazine, Sorkin recounted a moment when Hoffman suggested that if they died from their drug habit, it might deter others from doing the same.

"'If one of us dies of an overdose, probably ten people who were about to won't,'" the screenwriter quoted Hoffman as saying. "He meant that our deaths would make news and maybe scare someone clean."

Sorkin compared the encounters to "mini-aa meetings", in which Hoffman advised him to remain squeamish to needles.

"I told him I felt lucky because I'm squeamish and can't handle needles," he added. "He told me to stay squeamish."

The 52-year old - who also worked with Hoffman on 2011's »

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Aaron Sorkin's Touching Tribute: Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death Saved 10 Lives

5 February 2014 10:48 AM, PST | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

In the days since late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman's tragic death at age 46 from an apparent drug overdose, statements and tributes have been pouring in from his family, friends, and colleagues. And on Feb. 5, renowned screenplay writer and creator of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin, penned an emotional essay in Time Magazine as a tribute to his late friend.  The two noted film industry icons met on the set of 2007's Charlie Wilson's War and formed a close bond over being both fathers and drug [...] »

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